Friday, March 23, 2012

Blue Toile Lap Desk

Years ago when I was teaching art lessons and writing instruction books, I held onto some of my favorite book and class samples.  I don't want to continue to keep them stored away and have run out of room.  I've decided to start auctioning them on eBay.  I will be listing one item each week and will notify my blog readers as to what the listing will be.   My first auction will be for this lap desk, simply titled...

This desk at it's widest point, measures 13" x 13 1/4" and is 8 1/8 inch tall. 

Edges are bordered with scrolls, checkerboard, and copper paint stripes.

It has four large wood bun feet.

The background is painted to resemble faux marble and the entire piece has eggshell crackling giving it the appearance of age.

Inside is unfinished and perfect for storing your bills, envelopes, stamps, etc.
The box is made of wood composite.

This is the new painting I started this week.  It will be a 16" x 20" summer folk art scene.  It feels great to be painting these village scenes again.
Got any ideas for character names?  I'm always on the hunt for old names to use in my stories about my paintings.  I collect names and write them in a notebook.   My little notebook also has a section for village and cottage names. 
I used to make my husband stop when we traveled if we came across an interesting old house or building and I would jump out and quickly take a picture.  The photo inside this box is the original photograph of the house that I took and used for reference when I painted this box.  It will also be included with the box.  This house is in Kansas City and was a new house built to look like an older home.
I'll be busy painting.   Are you busy spring cleaning or playing?


  1. Congratulations. A wonderful working.
    Love from Istanbul ..

  2. Verity is a very pretty name, don't you think? =D

    Lovely little lap desk...

  3. I am one of those that enjoys your books, have them all. I think? I busy playing and cleaning, the two must go hand in hand for me, since I hate cleaning if I stop and play for awhile then I can keep on going with the other. I too am running out of house. Anytime someone comes over and says they like something,they go home with it.

  4. Hi Kathy, I took a class for this piece with you!! Maybe someday I will finish it...there's still time!
    Cheryl Burns/MA

  5. absolutely wonderfully! It looks like very graceful work! You have a golden hands!

  6. I have my husband stop to for picture taking! I especially love little houses and old churches & barns your mention of K.C.,Mo Perked up my attention as That is where my husband and I were raised and raised our children. we are now about 50 miles south of there in the country But had a fun day in K.C. today with my sister! Come visit me when you get a minute, i would be pleased1

  7. I type up my lovely comment to you
    and click google then my name comes up minus the comment! Why? It is a pain to type it all over again! Oh Well, Just blowing off steam!

  8. Cathie, you always do such beautiful work and the lap desk is no exception! Just beautiful!

  9. Hi Catherine, love your lap desk, so pretty, I'm sure it will sell on EBAY. I look forward to seeing the large painting you are working on.

    How has your spring weather been in MO? Ours has been lovely here in NY and actually, it was the mildest winter ever so, I cannot complain.

    Take good care....


  10. This is a real masterpeice and that house looks captivating, I would love to live there


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